Merge & Al's Excellent Adventures

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I need to return to Surabaya, Indonesia

Surabaya is Indonesia’s second-largest city (after Jakarta), and is known as the “City of Heroes” due to its significant role in the Indonesian National Revolution…

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Exploring Jakarta’s street food scene

I (Merge) had an opportunity to spend five days in Jakarta with Al in August 2019, during which we managed to get a lot of…

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School girls and ladyboys in Pattaya, Thailand

In November 2023, the MS Westerdam stopped at the port of Laem Chabang in Thailand, the cruise ship gateway to Bangkok.  It was a long…

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The Cu Chi Tunnels in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

In November 2023, the MS Westerdam called at the port of Phu My, Vietnam (for Ho Chi Minh City), and I (Merge) was very excited….

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Kota Kinabalu – Home of head-hunters and spirit worshippers

There are three countries that make up the island of Borneo. The northwest one-third of the island is Malaysia’s Sabah province. The southeast two-thirds is…

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Puerto Princesa – Palawan at its best

As I (Merge) continued my travels in the Philippines on the MS Westerdam, I visited Puerto Princesa in the southwest for a couple of days. …

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Manila’s native son – Dr. Jose Rizal

Not just a medical doctor, but also a writer, artist and nationalist, Dr. Jose Rizal was pivotal in the Philippine struggle for independence from Spanish…

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Hong Kong revisited

I (Merge) am fortunate to have visited Hong Kong many times.  In fact, Al and I were last there in 2015 when we first spent…

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A beach day in Boracay, Philippines

Boracay, located in the central Philippines, is a small island known for its striking natural beauty, stunning beaches and vibrant tourist industry.  I (Merge) got…

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan – I barely scratched the surface!

During my travels on the MS Westerdam in November, I (Merge) stopped for one day in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, the country’s second-largest city. …

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Taipei via the port of Keelung – animals and architecture!

In early November, I (Merge) visited Taiwan on the MS Westerdam.  Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, is an island nation in East…

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